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Build Your Business Analyst Career The Smarter Way

Is your go-to business analysis approach centered around completing a standard organisational template? Do you spend your time filling in document sections with little guidance on how to get the information needed? Are you stuck in the cycle of completing the same deliverable, top-to-bottom, each, and every, single, time?

That’s the trouble with templates, they dumb business analysis down – “if your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail” – and keep the perceived value of the role rooted in the stereotype of scribe, documenter, and translator.

Isn’t it time you owned the template, rather than letting the template own you? This workshop will shift you away from template-driven documentation by taking you on a journey of discovery into the world of technique-driven analysis.

You’ll cover:

  • Resetting what it means to be successful as a business analyst
  • An agnostic business analysis process model for meaningful work
  • Core tools and techniques that mobilise your influence and impact
  • Surefire ways to grow business analysis knowledge, skills, and abilities

Whether you are just starting out in your first business analyst role or have been in the profession for some time (or even longer!), this session will give you expert guidance to avoid the pitfalls of templates and build your business analyst career the smarter way.

Slides from the workshop ‘Build Your Business Analyst Career The Smarter Way’, as presented by Joe Newbert at IIBA-SA Professional Development Day 2019.

Event details

What, when and where it happened:

  • IIBA-SA Professional Development Day
  • 24 July 2019
  • Cape Town, South Africa

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Managing Director at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.

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Requirements Elicitation Techniques For Data Gathering

Slides from the presentation ‘Requirements Elicitation Techniques For Data Gathering’, as presented by Joe Newbert at DAMA User Group Meeting 18 July 2019.

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What, when and where it happened:

  • DAMA SA User Group Meeting
  • 18 July 2019
  • Cape Town, South Africa

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Managing Director at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.

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Busting Project Manager and Business Analyst Silo Mentality

Slides from the keynote presentation ‘Busting Project Manager and Business Analyst Silo Mentality’, as presented by Joe Newbert at PMI MENA Conference 2018.

Presentation abstract

Is the scope focussed to enable the right activities? Is the budget sufficient to reap the desired benefits? Is the schedule designed to cement the organisational change?

Delivering stakeholder quality by navigating through these constraints is an imperative for every business in this modern age — an age that’s bringing ever-increasing customer expectations, business risks and project pressures.

This talk explores the relationship between project managers and business analysts, and considers how these leadership roles can better combine to provide the strategic and tactical expertise required by organisations today.

Key takeaways

What you’ll learn:

  • Past, present and future narratives of industry and organisations
  • New definitions and considerations for business and project success
  • Current role dynamics and future collaboration opportunities
  • Actions to build strong working relationships and drive team cohesion

Whether you’re a project manager, business analyst or a hybrid of the two, this talk will unpack common challenges facing business change and spell-out the transformation needed to deliver project leadership through excellence and innovation.

Event details

What, when and where it happened:

  • PMI MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Conference
  • 3-4 November 2018
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait and Manama, Bahrain

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Managing Director at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.

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Hitchhikers Guide to Strategic Business Analysis

Slides from the conference presentation ‘Hitchhikers Guide to Strategic Business Analysis’, as presented by Joe Newbert at IIBA-SA BA Summit 2018.

Presentation abstract

Is your organisation’s business model aligned to the marketplace? Are people at the heart of your business change? Do processes stem from key value propositions? Does information technology support the required business architecture?

Consciously and deliberately guiding the business strategy towards project tactics is an imperative for organisations looking to thrive in this modern age, today — an age with unprecedented challenges ranging from demanding customer expectations through to intense market competition.

This talk will power-through a best practice approach for business analysts on their journey of facilitating strategic business analysis with the end-in-mind of realising business benefits, while introducing definitive go-to tools and techniques that focus on engaging with stakeholders to elicit their real needs.

Key takeaways

What you’ll learn:

  • 1 holistic model for considering business systems and avoiding the pitfalls of silo-thinking
  • 3 straightforward approach detailing the key steps for delivering a strategic business analysis project
  • 6 stakeholder-centric method for analysing different perspectives and managing  group consensus
  • 42 proven business analysis tools and techniques to string together towards a persuasive business case

Whether you’re a business manager, business analyst or project manager, a junior, intermediate or senior, this talk will extend your knowledge, skills and abilities to lead business change, build better solutions and unlock business value.

Event details

What, when and where it happened:

  • IIBA-SA BA Summit Southern Africa
  • 1st – 3rd October 2018
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Principal Lecturer at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.

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Unfinished Symphony Of Business Analysis And Project Management

Unpacking the future challenges for project delivery, Joe Newbert presents Unfinished Symphony Of Business Analysis And Project Management at PM Summit SA.

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Beyond Stakeholder Analysis And Management

Beyond Stakeholder Analysis And Management BCMG Talk

Unpacking what’s needed for remarkable stakeholder engagement, Joe Newbert presents Beyond Stakeholder Analysis And Management at PMI BA Virtual Conference.

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Everybody’s Free (To Gear Up)

Everybody's Free (To Gear Up) BCMG Talk

Grounding the core competencies that business analysts must have to thrive in the future, Joe Newbert presents Everybody’s Free (To Gear Up) at BA Summit SA.

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It’s Time For Business Analysts To Come Of Age

It's Time For Business Analysts To Come Of Age BCMG Talk

Reframing business analysis delivery to help realise its full potential, Joe Newbert presents It’s Time For Business Analysts To Come Of Age at BA Summit.

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Planning Your Business Analyst Happiness Project

Planning Your Business Analyst Happiness Project BCMG Talk

Introducing an industry approach to competency development, Joe Newbert presents Planning Your Business Analyst Happiness Project for the IIBA-SA Chapter.

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The Art of War for Business Change

The Art of War for Business Change

The Art of War for Business Change, the closing keynote presentation at the Business Analysis Summit South Africa (BASSA) on 4th September 2013.

In this presentation of The Art of War delegates will benefit from the reinterpretation for contemporary Business Analysis. The crux of Sun Tzu’s Art of War explains that it is only through strategy that conflicts can be overcome and real victory achieved.